Steele County Free Fair

Because of the ongoing issues revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steele County Free Fair has officially been canceled. The fair, which is said to be the largest free fair in the country, brings in an average of 300,000 people a year. (Press file photo)

The 2020 Steele County Free Fair has officially been canceled.

It was with heavy hearts that the directors of the Steele County Free Fair unanimously voted to postpone the county's largest event until 2021 during a special meeting Wednesday night. The board confirmed that the decision is the direct result of the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

In attendance at the meeting were who Fair Manager Scott Kozelka identified as key and prominent players of making the largest free fair a reality year after year, including Owatonna Chamber President Brad Meier, Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, Emergency Management Director Mike Johnson, representatives from the city of Owatonna, and Minnesota Sen. John Jasinski (R-Faribault). Mike Featherstone, the owner of Gold Star Amusement — which has been the midway contractor for the past eight years at the SCFF —  was also in attendance, along with several of his staff.

Kozelka said that he will contact sponsors, vendors and other friends of the fair over the next couple weeks to discuss how they move forward from here.

A full story on the special meeting will be posted on and printed in the Friday edition of the People's Press.

Reach Reporter Annie Granlund at 507-444-2378 or follow her on Twitter @OPPAnnie. ©Copyright 2020 APG Media of Southern Minnesota.

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